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polarproton jamessmurthwaite's article
Sep 20, 2021 at 8:09
Sep 20, 2021
Video: Jack Moir's Trailside Wheel Repair from the Finale Ligure EWS
If I remember well , Dt extensively used Gwin's tire misshap in Leogang in advertisement. He sure didn't win that day but I saw plenty of photos of his rim at the end, turning the narrative from "our rims can't hod a tire" to "our rims at effin strong, who needs a tire.."
polarproton alicialeggett's article
Sep 17, 2021 at 1:19
Sep 17, 2021
Pinkbike Primer: Everything You Need to Know Before EWS Finale Ligure
The riviera in general (French and Italian) is pretty much a mountain bike heaven. We might not have the structures, but we definitely have the trails.
polarproton edspratt's article
Aug 29, 2021 at 7:51
Aug 29, 2021
Final Results from the Val di Sole DH World Championships 2021
Forget urine tests, it's a DNA sample we need from Greg. Only human qualify for World Champs!
polarproton edspratt's article
Jul 26, 2021 at 14:04
Jul 26, 2021
Final Results from the Men's XC at the Tokyo Olympics
@Clem-mk: It was only on the main broadcast, which was kind of silly in my opinion as we'd get only comments on blimps o fthe race. It would have been better for the viewer, and maybe more rewarding for the commentators to cast whole events....they need to sit through their entirety anyway.
polarproton edspratt's article
Jul 26, 2021 at 5:16
Jul 26, 2021
Final Results from the Men's XC at the Tokyo Olympics
@Clem-mk: One of the two commentators is Absalon, he knows a thing or two about xco. Plus they'd give extra info on stuff happening outside the fov of the camera. I just wish, like in many sports, that the expert spoke more, and the generic journalist less. Their insight is so much better. One knows mostly his notes (which is fine, there are only so many sports you can be proficient in) while the other has better there, done that, won these. He knows most of the racers and can put himself in their head.
polarproton edspratt's article
Jul 19, 2021 at 9:02
Jul 19, 2021
Results: Myriam Nicole & Benoit Coulanges Win the 2021 French National DH Championships
He's one of Ravanels' protégé, dude's got talent on tap. He is making Frejus proud!
polarproton jamessmurthwaite's article
Jun 21, 2021 at 13:58
Jun 21, 2021
Tom Pidcock Wants to Race a Downhill World Cup
@hllclmbr: I'm actually pretty sure Bruni grew up on this format. In France, we have the TRJV (young riders regional trophy) where DH/XC/Trial are mixed. IIRC you can only use a single bike (HT mostly in my time). Each venue usually features 2 of the 3 competitions and times/ points are added to declare a winner. It's particularly popular in the south of France.
polarproton downtimepodcast's article
Mar 10, 2021 at 4:20
Mar 10, 2021
Podcast: Aaron Gwin Talks Tough Seasons, Injury, Dealing With Speculation & More
For sure, yeah ! But I think he still got the juice and the drive to delight us in DH for some time.
polarproton edspratt's article
Dec 12, 2020 at 10:54
Dec 12, 2020
Yoann Barelli Says Farewell to Commencal after 4 Years
Funny you say that since it's pretty much how he got some early widespread renown. IIRC, just after picking up a Giant sponsorship, he rolled out a couple of "how-to" edits that crack me up me every time I watch them (and kinda make me cringe as well, but it's part of the charm). https://www.pinkbike.com/video/335423/
polarproton edspratt's article
Jul 17, 2020 at 7:15
Jul 17, 2020
Intersport Announce New Range of Rental Bikes for Riding in the Alps
These are day pass fares for the different stations. 30-50 would be ski day pass prices. Overall lift prices are pretty low in France compared to the rest of the world because, here, most stations are operated by the state. Furthermore, they try to cater to as many people as possible during summer through low lift prices and activities. To put things into perspective, the whole biking season of les-2-alpes ( mountain of hell, mondial du vtt) generates roughly as much turnover as 2 days of the skiing season. When Tignes launched started to develop biking in the summer, they even partnered with canyon and tickets were free for a couple of years. The main point of the document, though, is that it displays the opening and closing dates for each station. As for the rental prices, count ~100 quids/ day for the top Dh offering. For that price, I got crappy Giant Glory but I also got carbon Intense M16 with good parts. It really depends on the rental shop and the station. Overall, renting is really worth it if you go shuttling 1/2 weeks a year.
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